Ben Reed

About Ben Reed

Ben is the small groups pastor at Long Hollow, a multi-site church in the Nashville, TN area. In addition to pastoring, preaching, and writing, Ben has a great passion for coffee. Good coffee, that is. And CrossFit. But not at the same time! You can journey along with Ben at!

Pastor, You Need the Refuge of a Gospel Community


Starting Small

We pastors are good at our individual faith. Really good. We can pray. We can read. We can introspect. We can “interpret.” We can do a “quiet time.” We can study. We can exegete. But we pastors aren’t so good at sharing our faith. I mean, we can share it from stage. Woven into generic […]

Engaging the Quiet Guy In Your Small Group


Quiet Guy

I was in a small group my junior and senior years of high school that was absolutely monumental in my spiritual journey. That group helped me more than years and years of sermons I heard. More than years and years of sitting under a Sunday school teacher. More than years and years of individual study.Even […]

10 Statements Church Visitors Never Want to Hear


Church Visitors

You’ve been a church visitor at some point, right? Ever heard something you wish you didn’t hear, right off the bat? I’ve got a few that nobody really wants to hear. Some I’ve heard personally. Others I’ve heard as they were told to someone else. 10 Statements Church Visitors Never Want to Hear 1. Our […]

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10 Things I Wish I’d Been Told in Seminary


Seminary Library

My time in seminary was formative for my spiritual, and ministerial, life. I loved my time there, and was an important part of God confirming my call to full-time vocational ministry. image credit: Seminary isn’t for everyone, but it’s incredibly helpful for some. Including me. But seminary doesn’t teach you everything. It doesn’t fully […]

What Pastors Really Mean When They Say…


Pastors say mean

We pastors say a lot. Most of the time, we’re straight shooters. At least as far as you can tell. Sometimes, though, we don’t really mean what we say. It’s not that we’re speaking an outright lie. There are just subtle, slightly different interpretations that one might make of our words. We’re like a good […]

Complex Churches Give People Christian Fatigue Syndrome



Growing up, I went to church a lot. A lot. (I know — that’s a theologically loaded phrase. Just hang with me. And read that last sentence again slowly for dramatic effect, please.) On any given week, we had Sunday morning services, Sunday school, youth choir, discipleship classes, student ministry, Tuesday night outreach, Bible drill, […]

10 Ways to Ensure I’ll Never Revisit your Church


Rearview Mirror

I’ve visited a lot of churches. I’m always looking for ways that we at Grace can improve. It’s amazing what a fresh set of eyes can find. It’s one thing to get people in the door once. But to get someone to visit again, and begin to call your church their home? Much tougher. We’re […]

5 Truths About Pride and 6 About Confidence


Pride Confidence

The decision I made to move into full-time vocational ministry was one of the most difficult decisions of my life. It took me nearly a year of praying, fasting, reading, and seeking counsel. But when I made the decision, there was no swaying me. Not a chance you were going to convince me I was […]

The #1 Way to Fight Insecurity



Moses is one of my favorite heroes in the Bible. Partly because of the danger surrounding the time of his birth. Partly because he was an amazing leader. Partly because he got to part an entire sea. But mainly because I love how real Moses appears. You get to see Moses’ humanity throughout his story. […]

Ten Lessons from a Preaching Experience


Sermon Notebook

I had the chance to preach at Grace this Sunday.  It was a great experience communicating with my church family. And I learned a few things about myself through the preparation and delivery of this sermon as I reflected on it.  Things that seemed more tangible than other time I’d preached.  See if there are some here you’ve experienced […]

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